Sex Addiction

three women hiking during sex addiction treatment and therapy

Sex addiction is an issue that only those who have dealt with it can relate to, in terms of the trauma and stigma attached. Contrary to what most believe, sex addiction isn’t about sex alone, but rather about power and control and the acting out of emotional wounding.

Therefore, the issue demands a level of expertise that addicts can’t find very often. We at Transcend would like you to know that sex addiction treatment and therapy is more than just a dream, and we believe that no one is beyond help.  If you’re seeking help with sex addiction issues, please contact Transcend Recovery Community and see how we can assist you.

What Is Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction denotes a consistent pattern of compulsive sexual behavior. A critical distinguishing component regarding addiction is that many of these behaviors come with significant consequences. As is the case with many other addiction types, sex addiction has far-reaching implications on the life of an addict. Addicts may face marital issues, legal problems, job loss, or financial difficulties. Sex addicts may also suffer from concurrent addictions, such as substance abuse or gambling.

Having a high libido, multiple partners, or interest in kinks does not necessarily indicate a person as a sex addict. Many people possess these lifestyle preferences and characteristics and are not considered addicts. Those who do have an addiction simply do not possess the ability to manage their behavior or to stop what they are doing, and continue to do so in the face of harmful consequences.

Does Transcend Offer Sex Addiction Treatment?

Transcend believes in the holistic health of all who are seeking assistance, and understand the difficulties that sex addiction creates. Thanks to the partnership with our sister company, The Heights Treatment, we offer comprehensive treatment for sex addiction.

As part of our program, clients have access to a licensed sex addiction therapist trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes. Dr. Carnes is considered a pioneer of sex addiction and founded the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Dr. Carnes also developed the Task Model, which aids clients through an effective sex addiction treatment process. Our program takes advantage of this proven model, so our clients receive the benefit of the best rehabilitation approaches available.

As addiction is often referred to as a family disease, the same applies to sex addiction. Loved ones of an addict are often significantly impacted by the addict’s behavior and may experience their own unresolved trauma as a result. With steady support and careful processing, we have found chances for long-term recovery to be more attainable when addicts and loved ones are able to heal alongside one another.

How Is Sex Addiction Diagnosed?

Sex addiction is characterized by a series of elements and typically manifests as behaviors that are difficult to control. Unfortunately, these tendencies commonly cause disturbances in fundamental areas of life, such as work, interpersonal relationships, and overall health. A strong indicator of sex addiction is when sexual preoccupation and activities become the focal point in a person’s life.

Those who live in active addiction often experience self-esteem issues and possible health problems. Though addicts may feel hopeless and helpless, recovery from sex addiction is more possible than ever with extensive treatment.

What Causes Sex Addiction?

While individual experiences certainly influence the development of an addiction, there are several areas believed to heavily influence the manifestation of these compulsive behaviors. One concept used to explain possible causes of addiction is the Biopsychosocial model, meaning there are biological, psychological, and social factors at play.

Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and poor impulse control, are commonly found in sex addicts. Individuals who have experienced sexual trauma or emotional abuse are also more at risk of developing abnormal views on sex.

Finally are social and environmental influences around sex in society. This includes more accepting attitudes towards sex and greater exposure. While open-mindedness towards sex is often regarded as a positive, there is the risk of deviant and destructive behaviors being further promoted. Additionally, social situations such as isolation or feelings of rejection may drive people to find sexual satisfaction in less than acceptable ways.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sex Addiction?

As is the case with any process addiction, there are some common signs and symptoms that can be found in sex addiction. If you can identify any of the below sex addict indicators, it may be time to discuss your situation with us:

  • Creating meaningful and stable relationships poses a challenge for you as a result of your sexual tendencies.
  • Whenever you encounter problems in life, such as depression or stress, you cope by engaging in compulsive sexual behaviors.
  • Feelings of remorse or guilt frequently follow your sexual behaviors.
  • You have been unable to stop participating in your sexual urges or fantasies, despite past attempts to do so.
  • The intense and recurring sexual fantasies and urges that you have are spilling into other areas of your life. Currently, you spend more time than you’d like to engage in these behaviors, and much of your time is allocated to them.
  • Regardless of severe consequences (i.e. job loss, STDs, legal issues, etc., you still cannot stop the behavior.

What Are the Treatments for Sex Addiction?

Transcend’s inclusive sex addiction program uses various practices to mitigate the overwhelming addiction at hand. Healing begins through identifying the cycle of destructive behavior and the underlying issues that cause it. As these behavioral problems are often unconstructive coping mechanisms, we guide clients to better understand their thought processes behind these behaviors. With this information, we then utilize proven therapy methods to help our clients toward their goals.

Our most effective and typically used treatment methods consist of:

  • Group Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Transcend is grounded in the principles of community and support as fundamental parts of a person’s addiction recovery. We aim to reinforce this philosophy throughout the treatment process. As we assist our clients in dealing with internal struggles, we welcome additional encouragement and support from family and friends.

Is There Sex Addiction Treatment Near Me?

While one may feel hopeless living with sex addiction, help is readily available for those seeking it. Transcend offers comprehensive sex addiction treatment at our centers in Houston and Los Angeles. Our top-tier program is designed to support you in leading the healthy life that you deserve. If you or a loved one are suffering from sex addiction, we encourage you to call us to discuss how we can help.

Call the recovery specialists at Transcend today at 800-208-1211 or use our contact us form to see how joining the Transcend community can change your life.